UPDATE: Is Jeremy Renner Gonna Be Hawkeye?

Casting news for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor has been hitting the internet news table hot and heavy for the past few weeks, but so far, it’s all about the characters within Thor and Dr. Donald Blake’s general circle of friends and foes. What about something to tie that into the planned (and already scheduled!) Avengers movie that’s to follow?

In the latest Empire Magazine, actor Jeremy Renner was asked something during an interview to which his reply seemed to indicate that Marvel Studios is looking for an actor to appear, albeit briefly, as Hawkeye in Branagh’s movie as a teaser for when all the Marvel heroes band together, similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo at the end of Iron Man.

“Hawkeye could be interesting,” he told them. “They’re going to send me some stuff on it, see what it is, but I think they’re pretty awesome, trying to make superhero movies almost plausible and not just some fantasy thing.”

Some may remember that when ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype spoke to Renner much earlier this year, he had mentioned he was interested in doing a movie based on a graphic novel, and that he was looking at taking a part in Sylvain White’s The Losers. (Remember that?)

That never happened, and yeah, this basically sounds like the same thing, which means that he hasn’t gotten or taken the part as of yet, but anyone who has seen Renner in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker will realize that playing a hotshot soldier on an Iraq bomb squad and playing a hotshot superhero with mad skills with the bow and arrow is not that far removed. Here’s hoping this is one role he takes and gets, because we’d love to see Renner butting heads with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

UPDATE: Looks like Empire has added a few more quotes from their interview with Renner on their website, including one of the questions we had above whether Hawkeye might appear in Iron Man 2:

“If I was a betting man, I would bet that Hawkeye would probably show up in Thor, and then be in ‘The Avengers,’” he told them, “But do I know for sure? I can’t say. But I’d love for that to happen. It’d be fun.”

Renner also revealed that he never had been inconsideration for Captain America as some websites reported: “I don’t know if I’d be right for Captain America. I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn’t talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, we’ve become friends over time and he was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character.”

He’s optimistic about getting a role in a Marvel movie but he’s aware that nothing is set in stone until it’s put in writing, “I’m just happy to get considered for big franchise roles like that. I’m not [doing the] casting. If they see me that way, right on. If they don’t, I’m ok with it.”

You can now read the entire article from the magazine that did the interview over on Empire Online.

Either way, Renner’s comment does seem to point that we’ll be seeing Hawkeye on the big screen very soon (and let’s hope that Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t suggest they kill him in one of those crazy Marvel movie production summit meetings we keep hearing about!)

Whether or not you’ve seen The Hurt Locker, what do you think of Jeremy Renner taking on role of the Avengers’ master archer?

(Thanks to ComicBookMovie.com for bringing this story to our attention.)

Source: Empire Magazine